DW-AKADEMIE is trying to use this leeway to advance the skills of journalists, technicians and media managers. It is also supporting the production and broadcasting of citizen-oriented, local programming which strengthen civil society. Where possible, DW-AKADEMIE is also promoting independent stations and journalists. Conferences such as the annual Young Media Summit encourage the exchange and networking between media workers in the region and Germany.
DW-AKADEMIE is concentrating on those countries demonstrating a concrete willingness to reform. The current focus is on Egypt, the Palestinian territories, the Afghanistan/Pakistan region and South Sudan. Last year, additional projects took place in Yemen, Syria and northern Iraq as well as at the international Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU).
Head, Middle East Division